The Omeo Mountain Bike Destination project has reached its first practical milestone with the completion of a Pump Track and Skills Course opening just in time for the summer school holidays. The pump track, which has been funded by the East Gippsland Shire Council, is part of $4 million project to makeover Omeo as an alpine and high-country adventure hub. It’s expected the project will boost Omeo’s reputation as a year-round tourism destination and support the town’s economy to bounce back from the impacts of drought, bushfire and necessary coronavirus restrictions.
The Victorian Government has committed $1 million to Stage 1 that will include 55 kilometres of cross country and gravity trails of varying difficult for beginners to dedicated mountain bike enthusiasts. From Mt Sam’s Peak, through the State Forest and Oriental Claims historic area, all trails culminate in the picturesque Livingstone Park and Omeo Township. Along with State Government funding, the Federal Government and East Gippsland Shire Council are also contributing to the project.